Parents asked to watch students’ social media after Topsail track coach charged with additional sex acts with student

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PENDER COUNTY — A  former Topsail High School assistant teacher and track coach faces additional charges of sexual activity involving another female victim.

Ahmad Rashad Garrison, 27, of 305 Cedar Island Trail in Holly Ridge, faces additional charges of four counts of sex act with a student, Pender County Sheriff’s Office Capt. James Rowell announced in a news release on Thursday.

One week ago, Garrison was charged with one count each of human trafficking of a child victim and soliciting a child by computer.

Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Garrison on Feb. 9, when he allegedly showed up to meet a 14-year-old female for sex, Rowell said. The investigation began when the parents of that victim found inappropriate Instagram messages sent between their daughter and Garrison, Rowell said.

The 14-year-old victim was a former student at Topsail High School at the time of the arrest. Investigators also allege Garrison offered to take the 14-year-old girl to Charlotte and have her perform sex acts for money.

Rowell said the second female victim is a student at Topsail High School. Additional details about the victim were not released due to the privacy of the female student.

Garrison had been employed at Topsail High School as an assistant teacher and track coach. Rowell said Garrison resigned from the school district immediately after his arrest on Feb. 9.

The Pender County Sheriff’s Office is asking parents of students to keep watch over their children’s access to social media websites. Through their investigation, detectives have discovered that Garrison allegedly used Instagram and other common web sites to have inappropriate contact with some students.

“Investigators are looking into leads regarding Garrison and are still requesting the public’s assistance if they have pertinent information concerning Garrison and his behavior toward students at Topsail High School,” Rowell said.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Pender County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Steve Clinard at 910-259-1212.

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